The Avikam people of southern Cote d'Ivoire live in a tropical rainforest fringed by a coastal lagoon. The nearby city of Abidjan, the country's economic capital, is also home to many of them.
The majority of people earn a living from agriculture. Some are subsistence farmers, living off what they raise in their own fields. Others work in agricultural cooperatives that grow palm oil, coconut, cassava or bananas. Still others work for large producers of rubber and palm oil.
Christian workers from Africa and Europe brought the Gospel to the Avikam people about 100 years ago. Today a large percentage profess Christianity but also follow the rules of animistic traditions deeply ingrained in their cultures. Those strong in their faith often face daily pressures from those who insist on using fetishes — objects believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man-made object that has power over others — to ward off evil spirits.
Avikam Christians are beginning work to translate the Bible. The Word of God in Avikam will give Christians the grounding in their faith they have lacked. Strengthened as Christ's disciples, they will be equipped to share His Good News with their animist neighbors and resist animist influences themselves. Scriptures set to music will enhance worship. This exemplary grass roots effort may well spark new, church-led Bible translations in other parts of Cote d'Ivoire.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
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|People Name General||Avikam|
|People Name in Country||Avikam, Brignan|
|Population in Côte d'Ivoire||35,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Brignan, Co Sung, Kaixien, Kha Qui, Kha Quy, Khu Xung, Laho, Lahu, Lahu Na, Lahuna, Laku, Launa, Lohe, Lohei, Luong, Moso, Muhso, Mussar, Musso, Mussuh, Namen, Xa La Vang, Xa Puoi, Xa Toong|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Lagunes District, Grand Lahou coastal plain area, Avikam Canton; Gôh-Djiboua District, along coast west of Tagbo Lagoon. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1957)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Avikam|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 5.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
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